The journey of salvation

Posted: March 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

During the season of Lent, the sermons for Sunday have focused on a “journey” from Ash Wednesday until Easter. Really, it’s even more of a journey than that. It’s the journey of faith.

I know that sometimes Methodists differ from other denominations in our thoughts on salvation. First and foremost, “salvation” is not an event. By following through on what it means to be Methodist, I can’t look at a particular time and date and say, in that moment, that I “was saved.” Even the Bible shies away from the wording of “was saved.” Instead, the focus is on, “I am BEING saved.” It’s a process, a lifelong journey, to become more and more like Christ. We believe that we are being saved each and every day!

Sometimes we are accused of not having “altar calls.” Just because I, as a pastor, don’t play Just as I Am repeatedly until someone comes forward and turns their life over to God doesn’t mean that I’m not asking people to show what they believe. As a Methodist, the way I do that is through Holy Communion. Holy Communion is a celebration and when someone steps forward to participate, they are making a statement of belief in Christ. Wesley called Holy Communion a means of grace for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that he believed it is possible to experience salvation through the Lord’s Supper. That’s why the table is open to any and we place no age requirements on participation.

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